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Donella Drake

Donella Rae Drake was born on February 13, 1931 near Mount Ayr. Her parents were Ray and Hazel Middleton. She graduated from Mount Ayr Community High School in 1950.

On March 17, 1952 Donella was united in marriage to Linden Drake in a little church in South Carolina. They lived on a farm east of Mount Ayr. In 1955 Donella and Linden had two twin sons, Rodney and Randy. Rodney passed away at birth.

Donella went to college in 1970 and majored in Art and Elementary Ed. In 1974 she started teaching art and taught for 19 years.

Donella was a devoted wife, daughter, sister, and mother. She took care of Linden and Hazel when they were ill for several years. She was baptized in the Community of Christ Church when she was a young girl and was a very devoted member all her life.

Donella loved to paint, she loved to read, and she loved her animals, especially one cat named Muffy who slept on her bed every night. She was a very loving, compassionate woman who would do anything for anybody.

Donella passed away on Friday, February 2, 2018. She was preceded in death by her parents; husband Linden; son Rodney; sister Retha Ness; sister-in-law Thelma Drake; brothers-in-law Herb Johnston, Harold Ness, Lyle Drake, Paul Drake and Merl Drake.

Those left to cherish her memory include her son Randy; sisters-in-law Mildred Johnston of Urbandale, Mildred "Mickey" Drake of Mount Ayr and Evelyn Bourhill of Dalles, Oregon; a host of wonderful nephews and nieces; other relatives and friends.

Memorials are to the Ringgold County Public Health.

Services: 11:00 am - Tues., February 6, 2018 at the Armstrong Funeral Home - Mount Ayr
Open Viewing: 12:00 pm - 8:00 pm, Mon. Feb. 5 at the Armstrong Funeral Home
Burial: Rose Hill Cemetery - Mount Ayr
Memorial: Ringgold County Public Health

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At school we could always count on your mom to have the very best interest of the children at heart. Her love for all was evident to everyone. As you know, when she would go to the beauty shop I would call to her, "hey beautiful", because of her wonderful beautiful HEART... Our school and community will miss her smiles and support for children everywhere.

Phil burmeister Feb 6 2018 12:00 AM

Randy: We are so sorry to here of your mothers passing . We so enjoyed the times we would have dinner with you and your mother. She was a sweet lady, who absolutely adored you Randy ! When our love ones pass, it leaves a void in our earthly life, but what a blessing it is to know your mother is home with the Lord !!! Donella RIP

Gary and Judy Stuva Feb 5 2018 12:00 AM

Randy Your mother was a great and caring mother, aunt and member of our family. She will be missed by many!

Debbie Swanson Feb 5 2018 12:00 AM

You have our love and sympathy, Randy. Your mother was and is a beautiful, caring person.

Hale & Barbara Lee Collins Feb 3 2018 12:00 AM

We are sorry to learn of Donella's death. We look forward to seeing her alive again in the resurrection. Jesus promised, "Do not be amazed at this, because the hour is coming in which all those in the memorial tombs will hear his voice and come out to a resurrection." John 5:28, 29

Jim & Donna Adams Feb 3 2018 12:00 AM